As if you needed one more reason to love December, Netflix just announced that beginning this month some of their content will be available for offline viewing. Let the celebrations begin! Netflix has long resisted the transition into offline content, but competitors who offer offline viewing have forced their hand. This is good news for consumers as we can now download our favorite movies from Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch later without a wifi connection. Offline viewing just made traveling for the holidays a lot more enjoyable. To help get started, here are eight tech movies to stream from Amazon Prime and Netflix this month.
This 2001 adventure comedy is about two retired secret agents who are forced back into the spy game when a number of their former colleagues start disappearing one-by-one. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens and they disappear too, forcing their two kids to join the family business. The spy kids must take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil sidekick, Minion, in order to save their secret agent parents. Rated: PG
The Secret Life Of NIMH
This animated movie is about a widowed mouse named Mrs. Brisby who lives on a farm with her family. In attempts to save her family from the upcoming plow, she goes on an adventure that uncovers secrets about her late husband’s past. These secrets include scientific experiments that were carried out to make rats smart enough to read and steal humans electricity. Rated: G
The Star Trek Movies
This famous sci-fi saga captures attention with its futuristic technology and action-packed adventure. Each film centers around a power struggle between those trying to destroy the universe and those trying to save it. Rated: PG-13
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
While there have been many movies and documentaries made about Steve Jobs, this is one of the best. It provides a candid look at Job’s legacy with interviews from those who were closest to him at different stages of his life. It’s an inspiring tale of the perseverance and dedication that created the hugely successful technology company: Apple. Rated: R (for language)
Tesla: Master of Lightning
Nikola Tesla invented many aspects of electrical technology that are used in everyday modern life. During his lifetime his technical skill and visionary genius were overshadowed by his eccentric personality. Nonetheless, his particle beam weapon research lead to the development of several military programs, including the Strategic Defence Initiative, a.k.a. ‘Star Wars’. A truly eye-opening documentary. Rated: PG
The Hunger Games
In the futuristic world of Panem, two teenagers randomly selected from twelve districts must fight to the death in the Hunger Games. Due to the violent nature of the movie, it isn’t suggested for children under the age of 13, but for everyone older than that it’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Rated: PG-13
In this gripping adventure, Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut who travels through space in an attempt to save the human race. As the earth rapidly deteriorates, he travels through a newly discovered wormhole in attempts to find a new planet that can sustain human life. Rated: PG-13
The Day The Earth Stood Still
This 2008 remake of the 1951 movie centers around humankind’s environmental damage to earth. Keanu Reeves plays an alien named Klaatu, who is sent to earth to change human behavior or eliminate them from earth. This is a great movie to spark a conversation with kids about preserving the environment. Rated: PG-13
No matter where travel takes you this month, planes, trains, and automobiles are all great places to sit back and relax with these family-friendly movies. Just make sure to pre-download your favorites, so you can watch them on the way, and don’t have to compete with everyone for the wifi connection once you get there!
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